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Nov. 2, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 5

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap., concelebrated a Mass of Celebration on Oct. 22 at St. Columbkille's Parish in Brighton. The Mass commemorated the recent partnership between Boston College, St. Columbkille's School and the Archdiocese of Boston. (Photo by Joan Seidel)

Around Campus

Up to the challenge

When a national magazine earlier this fall named Boston College as one of the top 25 "fittest colleges," it based its findings on student surveys. But BC employees appear to take the idea of fitness pretty seriously, too.

Case in point: Last month the Flynn Recreation Complex launched the "Walk Across Campus Challenge," in which participants keep track of the amount of walking they do during an eight-week period.

Entrants use pedometers to record their daily number of steps, but can also count other exercise activities toward their overall total: A conversion chart is provided to help translate their workouts into an equivalent number of steps. Walkers were able to register for the program as individuals or together as a department.

The response has been fantastic to say the least, say organizers. "We had 225 people sign up. We kept having to order more pedometers," said Tom St. Laurent, assistant director of fitness and wellness at the Plex.

Challenge participants include representatives from Student Services, Human Resources, Development, the Graduate School of Social Work, Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, and the offices of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Sponsored Programs, and Procurement Services, among others.

At the conclusion, prizes will be awarded to the top individual and departmental walkers.

"Our goal was to promote health and wellness across campus in a way that would include as many people as possible regardless of whether or not they had a Plex membership," said Assistant Athletic Director John Pagliarulo.

On Dec. 11, the challenge's last day, Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo and Vice President and Special Assistant to the President William Neenan, SJ, will lead the 225 participants in a finale that organizers have dubbed "The Father Neenan Walk."

According to St. Laurent, the enthusiastic response has the Plex staff planning another walk challenge for January.-KS

More than just a cup o'Joe

The Church in the 21st Century Center's recently launched "Agape Latte" discussion series - an informal monthly gathering in the Hillside Café at which students discuss questions of faith and spirituality with BC faculty and administrators - is already percolating.

The series' inaugural event on Oct. 3 drew about 150 students, who heard a talk by Timothy Muldoon, director of the Church in the 21st Century Center.

Next on the "Agape Latte" menu is Kerry Cronin, director of the University's Bernard Lonergan Center and an administrative editorial assistant in the Philosophy Department, on Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

The program Web Page includes an illustration of a cup of coffee and the slogan "What Would Jesus Brew?"

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Members of the Committee for Creative Enactments presented an "Octoberfest Improv" Oct. 27 in the Chocolate Bar at McElroy Commons, as part of the Nights on the Heights series. (Photo by Kris Brewer)

Friends in blue

A new partnership between the Office of Residential Life and the Boston College Police Department is enhancing the relationship between undergraduates and the BC police officers who serve and protect the campus.

The "Adopt-A-Cop" program aims to create opportunities for BCPD officers and ORL staff to develop programs and educational initiatives for students.

Through the program, 12 BCPD officers are attached to the University's 13 campus residential communities. The officers, who have volunteered for these roles, attend events ranging from staff meetings to barbecues to Resident Assistant meetings. Along the way, officers and students get acquainted and, it is hoped, develop positive relationships.

"As the residents meet their 'Adopt-a-Cop' they will get to know them personally and a bond of friendship and trust will develop," said BCPD Chief Robert Morse. "Students can go to these officers with any question or concern they may have anywhere on campus not just in relation to their residential location.

"With trust comes respect, understanding, compassion, and concern for the larger BC community. This can only make our policing responsibility easier."

Assistant Director of Residential Life George Arey and BCPD Lt. Frederick Winslow are credited with the creation of Adopt-A-Cop, which is based on a similar program at the University of North Carolina, where Arey once worked.

"The BC Police, by the nature of our work, deal in negatives," said Morse. "We give out parking tickets, we address behavior issues and we tow cars. This was a chance for us to create a positive community policing program that will bring, students, Residential Life staff, and the police together for mutual benefit."

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For art's sake

If you're a BC student, administrator, faculty or staff member who can sing, dance, act, write poems, wield a paintbrush or do other artistic things, don't hide your talents, says the BC Arts Festival Committee.

The committee is once again sounding its annual "Call for Artists" to participate in next spring's ninth BC Arts Festival, which will take place April 26-28.

All requests for visual, performing or literary arts programs must be submitted to Arts Festival Director Cathi Ianno Fournier by Friday, Nov. 10 at the end of the day. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to arts@bc.edu.

Visual and literary artists may wait until spring semester to submit work for the festival, but organizers are looking for students with an interest in fashion design, jewelry making and other artistic crafts. Graduate students with ideas for artistic participation are also encouraged to contact Fournier.

More information is available via the Arts Festival Web site at www.bc.edu/arts.

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